Good MusicNote 7.19 sail AWOLNATION

Drift is more like it…

single: Sail

artist: AWOLNATION

I’m tired of telling these convoluted chart stories. “Sail” was a smash alternative rock hit two years ago, dropped out of sight and re-emerged this summer after being used in various media. ‘Nuff said.

You may very well have heard this triple-platinum single at some point over the past two years, but in case you haven’t: imagine Kurt Cobain‘s unbridled rawness channeled through Rod Stewart‘s orderly rasp, laid over an electro-industrial-blues stomp that Trent Reznor might generate under a light sedative.

That’s Aaron Bruno‘s vocal performance and the perfectly complemented instrumental track that make this song primal and accessible at the same time. The anguished suicide-esque rumination of the lyrics complete the mood–not cheery, but musically satisfying.